Israel is a land and a people. The history of the Jewish people, and its roots in the Land of Israel, spans some 35 centuries. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Jewish independence, lost almost 2,000 years earlier, was renewed.
The flag of the State of Israel is based on the design of the Jewish prayer shawl (tallit), with a blue Shield of David (Magen David).
The official emblem of the State of Israel is a candelabrum (menorah). The olive branches on either side represent Israel's yearning for peace.
The Shavuot holiday commemorates the bringing of the first fruits of the harvest to the Temple, and according to tradition it was on this day that the Torah was given to the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai.
The proximity of Remembrance Day and Independence Day reminds people of the heavy price paid for independence. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Jewish independence was restored after 2,000 years.
The year 2013 was Israel’s record year for incoming tourism with 3.54 million visitor entries. Christians represented more than half of all incoming tourists, totaling over two million.